Bunnell's Olivia Kells, seen here in action from a game earlier this season, scored her team's only goal in a 4-1 defeat to Mercy on Tuesday. (File photo by John Nash)

CLASS L GIRLS SOCCER: Bunnell falls to Mercy in first round

MIDDLETOWN—The Bunnell High girls soccer team saw its 2019 season come to an end on Tuesday afternoon as the 28th-seeded Bulldogs fell to fifth-seeded Mercy 4-1 in a Class L first-round tournament game.

It was a cold wet day for soccer, but the Bulldogs refused to be intimidated by Mercy, even as the host Tigers started pulling away.

“Tough weather conditions,” Bunnell coach Sebastian Wojdaszka said. “I thought we held our own against a very good team.”

Playing against the wind in the first half, the Bulldogs found themselves caught on a pair of counter-attacks and fell behind 2-0.

Mercy’s Lindsay Stevenson scored the first goal off an assist from Kaila Lujambio midway through the first half. Stevenson also tallied the second goal four minutes later.

With 10 minutes to play in the first half, Mercy added a third goal when Lujambio finding the net.

Once Bunnell had the wind at its back, play evened out a little more though Lujambio did make it a 4-0 game, scoring off of Stevenson’s assist with 32 minutes to play.

With 11 minutes to play, the Bulldogs got on the board when Olivia Kells found space, shot and scored to make it 4-1.

“We had a couple good opportunities to make the game a bit closer,” Wojdaszka said. “Overall, it was a very good team performance, with a combination of experience from seniors and younger group of freshmen and sophomores.”

Bunnell goalkeeper Sarah Tartaglio made eight saves for the Bulldogs.

Mercy outshot Bunnell 12-6.

The loss ended Bunnell’s season at 6-11.

The Bulldogs had to win four of its last six games to get the final playoff spot.

“As far as our season, I couldn’t be more proud the way we finished our second part of the season,” Wojdaszka said. “Winning the last four out of six games and making the state tournament was not an easy task. Our seniors stepped up when we needed the underclassmen gained valuable experience. It was sad to finish it today.”

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